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Dr Jo Warin

Senior Lecturer

Jo Warin

Lancaster University

County South



Research overview

My research interests lie in two related areas:

  • gender in education, with particular emphasis on men, masculinities and teaching/caring roles in early childhood;
  • emotional aspects of children's lives in educational contexts with a particular emphasis on their ongoing construction of identity.

The linking concept between these interests is identity which I interpret as relational rather than individual.

PhD supervision

I would be interested in receiving proposals on: the development of identity through the school years, parenting (especially with a focus on gender), the home-school relationship, gender issues in education (particularly those concerned with issues about male staff in early years education), early childhood

Current Teaching

I teach the Research Methods element of our online, part-time PhD Programme in Education and Social Justice (with Research Methods Teaching on the other Doctoral programmes).

I have the Research Students Tutor role in the Educational Research department, monitoring progress of our ‘traditional route’ PhDs.


Research Interests

My particular interest concerns how aspects of identity, such as gender, affect learning processes throughout.  Watch a video of Jo Warin talking about her research interests.

Currently I am concerned with debates about staff gender issues in primary and early years' education drawing on theories of masculinities. This interest draws together research with male teachers in early years' educational settings and research on the identities of fathers. I am collaborating with colleagues within an international network of gender researchers (funded by the Swedish Research Council) and we are writing a book Men, Masculinities and Teaching in Early Childhood Education; International perspectives and a special issue of the international journal Gender and Education on Gender, Teaching and Care.  

I have recently completed a qualitative longitudinal study of a sample of school pupils from the ages of three to seventeen. The focus of this research is on how these young people construct a sense of self and how this has changed during their school careers. Findings have been produced as a book, Stories of Self: tracking children's identity and wellbeing through the school years, published by Trentham, together with several journal articles (see Publications).


I have been engaged in the following studies:

  • Knowledge Exchange Fellowship. Identities and Learning in School.  2014. Intended to forge a research partnership with local Teaching Schools.
  • Gender education and care. An international network 2010- 2013 (Swedish Research Council)
  • Piloting a methodology for accessing core beliefs within identity construction. Funded by Lancaster University Small Grants Scheme, 2004-2005.
  • Evaluation of Cumbria Early Excellence Centre. Evaluation of the DfEE (DfES) initiative to promote quality integrated early years services for young children and families. Funded by Cumbria LEA, 2000
  • Cohabitation, Separation and Fatherhood. Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 1999-2000.
  • Fathers, Work and Family Life. Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 1997-1999.
  • Understanding Families?: Closeness, Authority and Independence in Mothers, Fathers and 11-16 Year Olds. Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 1999-2000.
  • Raising Achievement in Inner City schools through Parental Involvement. Evaluation of Lancashire SRB funded project, 1992-6.


Additional Information


Membership of professional organisations

  • British Educational Research Association
  • British Psychological Society
  • Gender and Education Association

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